Success Stories

Boys and Girls Club of Lower Brule van photo

Lower Brule, S.D. is in Lyman County. The community is located within the Lower Brule Indian Reservation.

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Florence Food Share distributes approximately 50,000 pounds of food per month to help alleviate hunger in this rural community.

In the small community of Florence and the surrounding area on the Oregon coast, nearly 4,000 people received free food from the nonprofit Florence Food Share last year.

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Public libraries can serve as portals for rural communities, connecting residents to a variety of information and resources.  This is certainly the story of Mr.

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Gail Arnold, homeowner, and William Keith Dykes, WKD Construction use the gold shovel to break ground on her new home in Big Sandy.

Gail Arnold’s dream of constructing a new home on her family’s property is coming true, with a home loan through the USDA’s Rural Development Rural Housing 502 loan program.  “This is my dream come true and I am so appreciative!” Arnold said at the ground breaking with William Keith Dykes, owner

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Cora Wyatt homeowner, and James Turnbo, Turnbo Construction, use the gold shovel to break ground on her new home in Ridgely.

Cora Wyatt‘s dream of constructing a new home on her own property is coming true with a home loan through a partnership between the USDA’s Rural Development Rural Housing 502 loan program and FAHE’s (Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises, Inc) Project Reinvest initiative.  “This is my dre

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The Weise family recently moved into their new home in Molalla, Oregon.

Housing was a constant concern for the Gonzalez-Weise family. They lived in a rental that was at the top end of their budget, but the roof leaked, and soon the house developed black mold.

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Power cot

The Harrison, Neb. voluntary rescue unit’s ambulance had an old cot that was not electric and required emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to wait for additional help to load and unload a patient. Often, the wait was long due to few volunteers being available.

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Unadilla cot

The Unadilla volunteer fire and rescue department recognized the need for equipment that would allow a single first responder to load a patient upon arrival. 

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New furnace

Linda Karpen is a homeowner in Mitchell, Nebraska.  Shooting flames were coming out of her furnace, located in the crawlspace of the house, creating a severe danger.

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The Mapleton High School track was resurfaced with help from a USDA grant.

In the rural town of Mapleton in western Oregon, students attend high school on a campus sandwiched between the Siuslaw River on one side and the Coast Range on the other. Nestled in the forest, the high school track is distinctive with its triangular shape and 300-meter length.

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